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Markha

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  • Day78

    Tache Gompa - Markha Valley Day 5

    August 23, 2015 in India

    The sheer rock walls here are periodically lined with villages and monasteries. This 600 year old monastery is perched high enough to look out on a good portion of our morning trek. More compelling, though, was the history of these remote Buddhist outposts. Tache Gompa is the most famous of the monasteries in the Markha Valley and it lived up to its reputation. However, while much meditation and study occurs within such monasteries, caves in the rock walls were frequented by monks seeking extended isolation and personal spiritual retreats. The sight of these small rock inlets and the monasteries themselves leaves an impression of the Ladakhi people that is undeniably warm and gentle. The region's Tibetan Buddhist history further adds to its allure and augments its already warm and hospitable culture.Read more

  • Day77

    After our botched attempt in Day 3 to reach Markha (3755m) we were lucky to have a local guide walk us to the correct river crossing point from Sara this morning. An expected long day of progress was soon replaced by a 10 km day full of rain and river crossings. Each of the 10 km was hard earned and, given our blisters, we elected to wrap it up at Markha Village by 3:00 pm. We could not have made it all the way to Markha on Day 2, so our debacles yesterday were probably for the best; and, although we did not make it as far as hoped for a second straight day, the scenery didn't succumb to the poor weather, which threw wind, hail, and rain into our paths for a better part of the afternoon. We arrived amidst gusts riddled with rain and were, after a bit of confusion, warmly welcomed by a lady who invited us into her homestay for tea and a place to sleep. The bumps, bruises, shin-splints, and blisters of the first three days will have to take a backseat to traversing the Markha Valley over the next two days and ascending Kongmoru La pass on Tuesday.Read more

  • Day8

    Markha Valley Adventures V

    August 22, 2015 in India

    After breakfast (all you can eat chapati, jam, honey and butter) one of the locals walked with us to the river crossing and showed us where to cross. We were supposed to have 3 more river crossings after that one. By the time we got to them, it started raining, which wouldn't be so bad on it's own, but the wind that started together with the rain made the whole thing just awful. After the first of the three crossings, two Israeli guys who decided to stay in the one house that was right there invited us for tea and we gladly accepted. We waited until it looked like the weather was getting better, and then continued.Read more

  • Day8

    Markha Valley Adventures VI

    August 22, 2015 in India

    After a few more river crossings, which became increasingly frustrating, we finally reached Markha (3800m). The village of Markha was hiding really well behind a hill. It's almost like it didn't want us to find it.
    When we got to Markha it was still very early, but we decided to stay there because of the weather. The hostess brought us some tea and took some selfies with Clark. Her initiative, his camera. She spoke no English at all, but pretended to understand when we asked for no sugar in our tea next time. Sure enough, there was still plenty of sugar in our dinner and breakfast teas.
    We had some time to walk around the village. There was a monastery, and the one monk of the Markha valley happened to be there at the time. The next day he walked to the same village we did to perform some religious ceremony. Also, I met some donkeys, who were really nice, but waking up in the morning to the sound of donkey screams is not one of my top five ways to wake up (and on my birthday, too!).
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  • Day9

    Markha Valley Adventures VIII

    August 23, 2015 in India

    We got to Hangkar, our final destination for the day, at around 2PM. We decided to stay at the first house of the village and spent a nice afternoon having birthday beers and playing cards. The rest of the people on the trail started coming in a bit later, some of whom required a little bit of medical assistance...

  • Day38

    Markha Valley dag 6 Hankar - Nimaling

    September 7, 2016 in India

    Weer een prachtige dag, zo'n 5 uur lopen. Dit is de eerste dag van de grote klim. We moesten 700 meter klimmen naar Nimaling, morgen gaan we vanuit daar de pas over. We zijn in een eeuwen oud paleis geklommen dat prachtig uitzicht had en zijn wezen lunchen bij twee geweldige meertjes.

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